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Basketball: Moon steps down as North Forsyth boys coach
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North Forsyth boys basketball coach Brian Moon talks with a referee about a call during a game on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. - photo by Brian Paglia

Brian Moon has stepped down as boys basketball coach at North Forsyth after seven seasons.

Moon announced the decision to his team Friday, two days after the Raiders lost 71-34 to West Forsyth in the Region 5-7A tournament to finish the season 6-19.

“We are very appreciative of the work that Coach Moon has put into our basketball program,”  North Forsyth athletic director Scott Tilden said.  “His record does not reflect the impact that Coach Moon has had on our players and the basketball program. I value our friendship and know that he will continue to support the kids here at North. I wish him well.”

Moon arrived at Coal Mountain from Alabama before the 2011-12 season with a strong résumé of success at Hoover and Spain Park high schools, where he built both programs from scratch and turned them into consistent winners that regularly won 20 games a season and made runs in the state playoffs.

Moon couldn’t do the same at North. His Raiders teams went 44-128 without a winning season. North hasn’t made the state playoffs since 2006. 

Without any significant signs of progress in the program, Moon felt it was the right time to let someone else have a try.

“I’ve been here seven years. We just haven’t made many strides to be honest with you,” Moon said. “At some point you’ve got to think change is good. I feel like I worked hard. I know our kids worked hard. I think another voice in the air might be a good thing. Change sometimes is a good thing.”

Upon his arrival, Moon hoped to make the biggest change in the culture of boys basketball at North, particularly interest-level in the sport at younger ages. 

“I’m not going to tell you everybody was totally committed to basketball here, but there were many who wanted to change the direction where the program was going,” Moon said. “I wanted to see there be more interest (in the sport). Maybe that’s where I didn’t do a good enough job. 

“It takes a community to do it. When you’re young, your parent kind of directs you where you want to go. You can’t wait until you’re in the sixth or seventh grade to try to play. The game’s kind of passed you by then.”

Still, Moon said he relished his time in Coal Mountain. 

“I love the school, I loved working here and I wish the best for it,” Moon said.

And after 24 years as a head coach, Moon hopes to coach more.

“I’ve still got a passion to coach,” he said. “I’m enthusiastic, and I’m a hard-worker. I like to work. I’m a grinder. So we’ll see what (the future) holds.”